12.02.2014

Beauty Stocking Stuffers $45 and Under!

Y'all--we are getting closer and closer to Christmas...and I still don't have everything completed on my list. Are you in the same boat? Well, today I've got some ideas that make excellent stocking stuffers or gifts that won't take up too much room in Santa's sleigh.

Here's what sets this list apart from others: I didn't just randomly choose kits I saw online for a roundup--these have all been thoroughly reviewed by me, so you know they're good! Check 'em out and let me know your faves:

For the Socialite--I thought I'd start off with the the most expensive item, but trust me, it's a good one. Sephora has this Glitz & Glam kit for $45 that seriously has everything she needs for all of those holiday parties, especially New Years Eve. Bonus idea--If $45 is too pricey, try making your own DIY version using drugstore makeup!

First, you get a clutch and everything fits in it! There's a dry shampoo (it's a lighter one from drybar). Next is a Deborah Lippmann polish in a dark sparkly aubergine shade. For the eyes would be the Laura Mercier shadow stick in a champage shade, Stila foil finish shadow (very sparkly), Sephora false lashes, MUFE HD setting powder, and Lancome eyeliner. There's also a Watts Up highlighter from Benefit and a gorgeous Smashbox matte red. I'm wearing it in my latest Chit Chat video. It's an easy red to transform, based on lip liner and lip color.

For the Girl on the Go--Keep this Deck the Eyes kit in your purse or desk at work to transform day eyes to dramatic night eyes. This Pur Minerals kit includes a felt tip liner for that dramatic cat eye and a mascara that really defines the lashes. AND it's only $12. Get it at purminerals.com*

For The Woman Who Never Splurges on Herself--Um, put my Mama in this category! She never spends money on herself--it all goes to the kids and grandbabies--and this kit from Ole Henricksen is perfect for her. Inside the Mini 3 Little Wonders Kit are excellent products for her to treat her skin, like Truth Serum® Collagen Booster, Sheer Transformation® Brightening Moisturizer and Invigorating Night Gel™. This kit is $22.50 but there's a larger size for $70.

For The Girl Who Doesn't Like Clutter--As much as I wish my love for makeup would rub off on my friends, there are some who want just the basics, and this kit of great for that. Pop this in your purse and you'll be ready for the party in no time.


Inside the Pur Minerals Let it Glow kit has exactly what is needed to glow for the holidays. You'll find a creamy highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Use them all together or pick the ones that work for you. $24 at purminerals.com*

For The One Who Organizes Girls' Night Out--If I had to pick one of my faves, it's this kit for $20. Kat Von D The Star Studded Look has everything needed for that special night out.

Inside is a waterproof Tattoo felt tip liner (amazing), mascara, and the cutest mini version of her famous studded lipsticks in a matte fire engine red. $20 at Sephora. LOVE this kit.

For the Morning After--Whether you were out late celebrating or up late wrapping presents, everyone could use this Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit. For $20, you get 3 mini masks that are so, so good. There's a cucumber gel mask--great for puffy eyes (I keep it in the fridge), irritated skin, or right after a brow wax. There's a rose stem cell mask to repair and give youthful-looking skin. And there's a pumpkin enzyme mask that exfoliates. These are wonderful for travel, too! FYI--there's a $45 version too with bigger sizes.

For Those Who Love a Little Sparkle--This is for all the ladies on your list! SinfulColors has released their 2014 Holiday Collection. There are 22 shades that come in four different cartgeories: Holiday Faves, Decked with Glitter Flakes, Blues & Hints of Gold, and Opalescent Toppers. I got a chance to try out 4 of them and I'm in love.


From left to right: Decadent (dazzling red metallic flakes), Twilight Twinkles (brilliant flakes of gold), Sugar Sugar (candy cane, red-hot red), Galax-Sea (magical green flakes).  Sugar Sugar is a gorgeous, slightly shimmery red, and the others make excellent top coats. The best part? These SinfulColors polishes are $1.99 each at Walgreens.*
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51 comments:

  1. I love the last photos, sparkling nails <3 My favorite nails all the time! Nice pick under 45 !

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  2. I'm in love with the first one! It's like a perfect 'night out necessities' bag! Considering the quality of the stuff you're getting and the size as well, I think the price is perfect! I might have to pick one up for myself!

    Kayla

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  3. These are all great gift ideas, thanks Elle!

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  4. great finds...i love throwing together my own mix of beauty items for my friends! sephora had a couple of great $10 gift items this past weekend, too!

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  5. I'd love to see the Glitz & Glam in my stocking!! :)

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  6. Great picks! I didn't know Pur Minerals had so many holiday boxes this year!

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  7. What a great roundup! I needed some inspiration for stocking stuffers and secret santa gifts!

    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

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  8. These are all so cute! The nail polishes are perfect for the holidays and those masks sound amazing!

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  9. Love that Deborah Lippmann nail color! SO pretty! And I'm going to have to try the Pur Minerals Let it Glow collection, so fun!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  10. Great gift idea. I'm still sucked with trying to figure out what to get my best friend this year.

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  11. I hope Santa brings me some of these stocking stuffers! In love with the nail polish set!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  12. Great ideas! I have a couple of those sinful colours!

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  13. These all make great stocking stuffers! Who wouldn't want to get any of these fabulous treats?!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  14. I love the idea of putting together your own gift set! It's so customizable! Great recommendation!

    xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  15. I love kits! It's awesome around this time of year when there's so many of them. The best is when they're smaller sized... so you can try it out for yourself before committing to a bigun!

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  16. Ooh, I'm intrigued by the mask minis. Maybe that should appear in my stocking. From Santa of course. I do have a $20 off thing to Sephora!

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  17. Sooo many great stuffers! Love the holiday-inspired nail set, and I love Ole Henriksen products!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  18. I love the holiday nail polishes, so festive!

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  19. I love these fun and festive gift ideas.

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  20. What great ideas! My mom never splurges on herself, so I like that idea!!

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  21. Ahhhhh so many kits! I want them all :) Love these ideas!

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  22. Great ideas! The Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit is my fav from above!

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  23. Beautiful post dear. Your gift suggestions are so beautiful. :D

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  24. I am almost done shopping but I am sure I can squeze one or two more things into my cart! ;)

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  25. Great ideas, Elle and the one that appeals the most to me is the Glitz & Glam kit, so many amazing items in it and I know that would make someone very happy.

    Reflection of Sanity

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  26. These are great ideas. I just forwarded this to my future hubby with the message "hint, hint ;)". haha...hopefully he gets my no so subtle hint! lol My favorite is the Kat Von D set with the red lip stick.

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  27. Fun stocking stuffers! I would love to try the Pur Minerals Let it Glow kit.

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  28. Wooow..amazing stuff...i love those glitter nail paints

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  29. These are great gift ideas (and gifts-to-self ideas!). I love the "let it glow" set!

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  30. Lovely gift ideas - I'd be delighted with any/all of them!

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  31. One of the best things about the holidays is the awesome gift sets! Cant wait to get my hands on a few of these! (:

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  32. I want that Glitz and Glam kit soooooo bad!!! Ack!

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  33. What lady wouldn't like ANY of these things in their stocking?!?!?

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  34. I love that these are at such a variety of price points! Absolutely perfect ideas for little gifts for the girls! :)

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  35. Those are all great ideas!! You could even devide up the sets if you have multiple friends or stockings to stuff!! Nail polish and lipglosses are always a great idea!

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  36. Ok so I have to get the Peter Thomas Roth mini masks myself LOL!

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  37. Totally loving the socialite bag (and it has to most stuff hah).

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  38. I wonder if it's ever possible to use sparkle nailpolish to cover a whole nail with it. :D I'll bet I'd need a lot of layers. Ah well, at least good for a topcoat.
    Elle, I've got a bit of an issue with my nailpolishes I can't solve ;( I keep ending up with bubbles that appear on the nailpolished finger a couple of minutes after. I didn't shake the bottle or anything and I did make sure to wipe nails clean with polish remover to remove any oils, but it still happens... any idea what could solve it?

    http://taleofthegreat.com

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  39. these are all such great ideas - i love the first one, and $45 is not bad. except i already bought all my gifts, lol

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  40. I have SO much shopping left to do, it's ridiculous! I'm trying not to get stressed out and remind myself that I can always order everything using Amazon Prime! :-)

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  41. Ooooo great ideas….need to give this to my boyfriend;)

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  42. Wonderful post...I like your blog.^^
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    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  43. These are some great ideas! I have my shopping "mostlly" done. A few more things to get. I can't believe how fast it is approaching.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  44. Ooh... That Glitz and Glam box has caught my eye!!! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  45. What a great collection of kits! I love the different moods for each kit and the Kat Von D kit has such a great liner and lipstick!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  46. All of these kits look so tempting! Especially the kit from Sephora...

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  47. Great gift ideas. I'll probably have to pick some up for some coworkers.

    http://emilymaiko.blogspot.com/

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  48. Ulta was having a big Black Friday sale so I bought several things like these to stuff in my sisters' stockings! :)

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  49. The Peter Thomas Roth mask set sounds amazing! I may have to get that for my mom.

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